Moving to the DC/VA/MD Area and....

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Registered: 06-04-2003
Moving to the DC/VA/MD Area and....
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Wed, 12-30-2009 - 10:28am

I need the hook up ladies. So, I've been applying for jobs in DC. Got some great leads and a really good prospect coming up. So, I've tried to find a place in DC that I can afford and the only places I can afford are in the, "less desirable areas" which is SE DC I am told. Now, I've been looking in Silver Springs, Hyattsville, River Dale, Oxon Hills, Falls Church and Alexandria.

Finally settled on Alexandria, VA. Mainly because it has the 5 things I need: Price Range, all utilities, close to public trans, takes a dog, and parking. I need other things to but those are must haves. So, anyone out there in the WASHINGTON DC METROPOLITAN AREA (which includes Northern Virginia and Maryland) Please talk to me.

Any advice, places to go, things to see, things to do, what metro trains to catch, shopping, restaurants, blah, blah, etc, etc. Please hook a sister up. Thanks.

GT38

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 01-05-2010 - 3:05pm

I used to live in the D.C. Metro area. Alexandria can be great but like all neighborhoods one street can make a huge difference. I've used the King Street / Alexandria Metrorail before - it's nice but pretty small and there is no parking there (other than a few meter spaces). Alexandria has some great restaurants along King Street and the surrounding areas.


There is just SO much to do in that area.....you will have a blast exploring the city of D.C. and the surrounding areas. If you like shopping then check out Pentagon City Mall in Crystal City (just outside Alexandria and also on the Metrorail) it's like 3 or 4 stories and full of great stores. All the Smithsonian Museums are free so don't miss out on that...even if you aren't a usual museum goer they have plenty of fun exhibits and gardens. The National Zoo is also part of the Smithsonian so it is also free (except for parking....but that, too, is also on the Metrorail).

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Registered: 06-04-2003
Tue, 01-05-2010 - 3:18pm

Thanks a bunch. OMG!! I have been doing some research online for apts. Everything I could afford in Alexandria was rated horribly on this apartmentratings site. Oh MAN, I was so discouraged. But after days and do mean days of comparing places and matching I actually did find a place in DC, that is affordable (by DC prices, astronomical by Detroit prices) and has everything I need. So, that's a load off.

But I have been researching neigbhorhoods, what metro lines to take and the places to go, shop, hang out. Getting some great advice and I'm so glad. I just learned today about Zone permits. WTH??? LOL!! But I'll look it up. Just trying to be prepared. As much as I can be anyway. Keep the advice coming. I love it. All perspectives, good and bad. I like weighing the options.

GT38

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Registered: 10-03-2004
Wed, 01-20-2010 - 9:50pm

Alexandria Va is the best place you could have picked! It is very pleasent living, and much lower crime than the other areas. Oxen Hill...be glad you didn't go there